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Art Deco Dance Purse Coin Finger Purse Compact ca 1920s
Art Deco Dance Purse Finger Purse Compact.
This tiny square purse has lovely geometric patterns on the exterior and a diamond-shaped cartouche on the front, ready to be monogrammed. The corners have decorative edging and it has a push button clasp. The chain has fancy, elongated links and a finger loop at the top. The interior has a coin holder, a powder well and a polished metal mirror.
These types of ladies accessories are often referred to as finger purses, dance compacts, dance purses and even tango bags! They have always been a popular and unobtrusive accessory for a lady at a dance, since she can slip the ring over her finger and dance the night away with no concern for the whereabouts of valuables or makeup. Imagine a stylish Flapper arriving at a dance club, carrying this purse with enough coins for cab fare home and a touch up of her makeup!
It is unmarked and we date it circa 1920s. The purse is nearly 2 ¼” square and the length with the chain extended is 8”.
Condition: some exterior surface wear with a couple very minor, shallow dents and some use scratches; nice patina; the metal mirror has a crack and some tarnish; chain is intact, clasp works well.
This is a sweet find! It can be used today for coins or it can be added to a collection of purses, chatelaines, compacts or other vanity items. It is a great gift idea for a collector or for someone who appreciates bygone fashions! We are always offering a nice selection of jewelry and other vintage goodies, so please take a look through our shop. We would be pleased to combine shipping on multiple purchases.
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